In the new biography of Eddie Van Halen, Sammy Hagar spoke about Van Halen and explained his opinion on Eddie’s musical talents. He claimed that Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen’s sound was so uniquely heavy thanks to the appropriate use of drums.
Hagar first joined Van Halen in 1985 by replacing then vocalist David Lee Roth. The frontman enjoyed an eleven-year career with the band until they parted their ways in 1996. According to Hagar, he was fired, but the band stated that he was the one who quit. However, the band buried the hatchet in 2003, and Hagar toured with the band until 2005.
Still considered to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Eddie Van Halen passed away on October 6, 2020, from throat cancer. An Irish author wrote Eddie’s new biography posthumously in which his band members talk about the successful guitarist and reveal their thoughts about him.
In the biography, Sammy Hagar stated why he thought that Eddie’s sound was so unique. The singer claimed that the guitarist’s music was made heavy by the drummer Alex Van Halen. He resembled the process of creating Van Halen’s heavy sound to drummer John Bonham’s contribution to Led Zepplin because he also made the band’s guitarist Jimmy Page’s tunes heavy.
Here is what he stated in the biography regarding the common ground:
“From the outside, I was impressed by Van Halen. What I liked about them was that they wrote hard rock pop tunes. Eddie’s guitar playing was so musical, and because he used major chords, it was very unique, very cool, edgy but yet sweet.
It was almost wimpy and heavy at the same time. Ted Templeman’s production made the band sound heavy, and in the same way that John Bonham always made Jimmy Page sound heavy, so Alex always made Eddie’s playing heavy, even when he was playing cutie pie riffs.”
Eddie’s new biography by the successful biography author Paul Brannigan will be published on September 23 with the name ‘Unchained’ in the US and December 14 as ‘Eruption’ in the UK. The author has also written other rock personalities’ biographies, such as Dave Grohl, Lemmy Kilmister, and Metallica.